Sunday, December 12, 2010

Piptanthus nepalensis

Earlier this year we came across Piptanthus nepalensis (Evergreen laburnum) at the Duchy or Cornwall Nursery and just had to buy one. P nepalensis is a spring flowering shrub with large bluish green oblong palmate leaves. In April and May the shrub bears masses of vanilla scented, golden yellow pea flowers.

Coming from The Himalayas, (Himachal Pradesh to SW China) and growing at at altitudes of 2100-3600 P nepalensis has a reasonable degree of hardyness, although is sometimes reported otherwise, certainly hardy enough to be worth growing in our garden. I had hoped to buy another next time we are in Cornwall but rather fortunately spotted a plant in a local garden centre. An early Christmas present to myself!

Example of P. nepalensis with seed pods
Duchy of Cornwall Nursery


  1. Merry Christmas to you. Your new plant should find a good home amongst your UK tropicals.

  2. Reading your blog is like visiting an exotic nursery! I love discovering plants that I've never heard of before.

  3. It will look fantasic in your garden, If it's from the Himalayas it should thrive.

  4. Thanks for the comments!

    Janine, Peptanthus is a member of the legume family, hence why the pods are very pea like. Im looking forward to getting some flowers and pods in the years to come.


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